The Concord Gardeners Cooperative came together in 2012 to share information and expertise that will promote a healthy, sustainable food system and "build a town-wide home gardening network" as recommended by the Food Assessment Report. We offer a calendar of programs, and are co-sponsor of the Farm and Garden Fair designed to increase public interest in growing local.
Concord offers community gardening at three locations, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Garden Coordinators assign plots, help gardeners get seeds and compost, and provide information and advice as requested.
Concord Seed Lending Library
The Concord Seed Lending Library is an initiative of the Concord Public Library and the community to collect, share, and save bio-diverse, locally adapted seeds from open pollinated vegetables and ornamentals. It is open and free to all area residents.
Gaining Ground grows 150 varieties of vegetables and fruit with the help of 1600 community volunteers. The farm donates all 30,000+ pounds of this healthy food to meal programs and food pantries within 20 miles of the farm.
The purpose of the Garden Club is to promote appreciation of and to aid in the preservation, restoration and development of gardens and the natural environment in the Concord community through education and community service projects.
Gardening for Life educates and supports sustainable home food gardening through a calendar of talks, tours and demos. Home and community gardeners, small-scale farmers seed savers, and garden clubs learn from each other and enjoy delicious, nutritious food from the garden.
Thoreau Farm serves as steward of the Henry David Thoreau birthplace, a place to examine his timeless ideas about life, nature, and civic responsibility. We invite you to join us in exploring how Thoreau’s ideas are relevant to the challenges we face in the 21st century.
We came together in 2008 to spruce up existing garden spaces and create new ones to beautify the area. Our purpose is to improve, create and maintain selected public gardens within the center of West Concord, to select and fund the hanging flower baskets for the center, and to promote new ways to enhance the beauty of West Concord gardens.
CONCORD COMMUNITY FOOD SYSTEM PARTNERS & RESOURCES
The Ag Committee consists of five Concord residents -- farmers and citizens-- interested in promoting farming and are appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The purpose of the Committee is to provide a forum for the discussion of interest and concern to farmers in Concord and to advise the Board of Selectmen concerning how the town can help to support local farming.
Concord CAN is a grassroots organization whose mission is to build a resilient and sustainable community that can withstand the impacts of climate change. In 2011, CCAN initiated a public conversation about the sustainability of our food system and later led Town Meeting to adopt four sustainability principles. Sustainable Concord Coffees are on the third Tuesday at 7:30 AM.
Concord Conserves 's mission is to reduce our impact on the environment through education, communication and online tools such as our own community carbon calculator, local food resources, town conservation programs, Ask Henry and the latest news and events.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues such as a study of the Farm Bill, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Open Table’s mission is to provide healthy food, friendship and support to those in need while respecting their privacy and dignity. Open Table offers weekly community supper programs and food pantries to 300+ people in Concord and Maynard.
Celebrate Concord’s agricultural heritage! Local farms and food establishments donate their produce and mouth-watering food for a community dinner. All profits from the sale of tickets go to help young farmers. It connects us to the land that feeds us.
The Umbrella (Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program)
The Umbrella enriches lives and builds a vibrant community through the arts. We inspire creativity, learning, and personal growth through arts education programs, performing and visual arts presentations, and community collaborations.